Electron microscopy is a common tool in the R&D of cosmetic products of all kind. It is possible to observe the structure of single components, particle sizes and shapes and as well elemental composition. It is also used for quality assurance to trace possible contamination. In combination with the temperature controlled sample holder it is also possible to observe liquid samples as lotions and facials and observe distribution of substructures in those.
Surface analysis can be accompanied by elemental analysis. The element identification software available for the Phenom desktop SEM offers various options, from single or point analysis to complete frame analysis.